Been there, done that. 300, 1200, 2400… Programmed via DIP switches, pre-Hayes standards. Helped develop chipsets, write firmware, helped test a voice/data modem(pick up the phone, data drops to 9600, data continues at 4800), man, I’ve done so much stuff with datacomm… Now I help people make high-density dial-up solutions. Imagine 256 calls landing in 19" inches wide by 8 inches tall by 14 inches deep rack. 2 cables for power, 1 cable for management, 2 cables for routers(or 1), and depends if you want to terminate a T3 or T1’s into the chassis. Helped develop VOIP, and was doing it over Frame Relay lines 8 years before regular VOIP applications too.
Many days, I miss a 14.4 PPP or even a SLIP connection. My ISP sucks bad. They posted “Did everyone have a good weekend” on their Facebook, while I had crap service all weekend, so thanks to them, they were the main reason I had a crappy weekend.
But, looks, let’s get stuff back on topic here.
Again, we need to make a conscious decision.
If a user asks for help, if you can, please try. Even I will pass over stuff I can barely read. I have my limitations too. If we maintain a “happy” environment, it benefits everyone.